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is quite arguably our foremost foreign policy issue and challenge facing us today. the united states has spends more money to rebuild afghanistan than it has spent on the reconstruction of any other single nation, including germany following world war ii. we spend about $28 million every day to rebuild and reconstruct afghanistan. nearly 90 plus billion we have already appropriated for afghanistan relief and reconstruction is designed to build and strengthen the afghan national security forces, promote self-government, and foster economic development. it is my job and the job of my nearly 200 auditors, investigators, inspectors, and other professional staff to make certain this money is spent wisely, effectively, efficiently, and protected from waste, fraud, and abuse. to help you understand the challenges we face and that my sister inspector general's face in their roles, as well as what our country faces in afghanistan, let me start by telling you a little story, a story about one of our inspections. in the far north of afghanistan, bordering tajikistan, kunduz province. it has seen an
the ability to stand by them. what is the roster of portis that the united states had to focus on, a particular at the time of the global economic crisis when you have the middle east crisis, you had rising problems with north korea. that is what chuck hagel is saying. we do not have a magic wand to be all things to all people. you need to figure out how, given the limitations to have, you can matter and roll from those into the next issues. that is a realistic assessment, of a power that would even on the neo conservative side would also think that the part of the role of the united states is to go into the interior of these countries and try to redesign them so they are less of a threat to the united states and become more responsible contributors to the international system. when you have limited power, it makes someone like chuck hagel very skeptical of the ability of the united states to do that. that is a legitimate debate. but definitely when chuck hagel and jack reed traveled with president obama when he was running for office, i think this was part of their discussion. ho
integrated the bricks are and how much exposure that have. it is dependent on the united states and europe. let me pick my own continent, africa. less than 2% of foreign investments. i think there will be a lot of domestic demand. look at how things are trading in the local markets rather than being into credit to the west. >> it doesn't depend on commodity prices? >> it is not entirely the case. today there are about 1000 stocks that trade in africa. if people look at africa, they are missing out on one of the biggest trades that is occurring. at the performance of the markets in nigeria and kenya. they are among the best performers driven by the banks in terms of economic development. story has been replicated in peru and sri lanka. >> we know that china is slowing. i do not think it is a hard landing. they are managing themselves out now. china is the biggest buyer of these raw commodities. >> let's focus on china. they are the biggest and most important of the emerging markets. i 8 cents determinism in your view -- i sense determinism in your view. to break up the domestic monopoly. do
, not a dollar cost, but the cost to the united states in terms of reputation and credibility of having guantanamo bay is probably much higher than the dollar cost. at the end of the presidential election, one of my friends in japan -- i'm japanese -- wrote to me and said it is a pity that the american people -- the better choice for the american people was a flunky such as president obama. the reason he called president obama that was because he cannot even deliver on the very simple statement that he's going to close guantanamo bay. listening to you, it is a little murky. i'm not so sure whether you are concerned about the civil rights of the prisoners or the fact that guantanamo bay itself is something the u.s. should not keep open. so my question, is it closing guantanamo bay or giving justice to the people and the 186 people? when you go on that track, and everybody loses track of what is really the issue. >> i don't understand the distinction. it's not just to hold people indefinitely without. guantanamo is the symbol of that. you've got to get them out of there and close it. >> i
they would infiltrate, which is a huge responsibility. we need to be united to stand against it. however, the crisis has got other dimensions. not domestically alone. it is clear to anyone who wanted to see in the region, there are those that are trying to weaken or demise syria. money, arms, and others by support and training. countries who are enemies. they have built themselves on occupation, and it is no stranger for us to see that, and others that wanted to dominate syria, and other countries trying to find a place in history that they never had. however, they wrote a history with the blood of arab people. however, the syrians are more stronger than them and will teach them a lesson. [applause] internationally, it is no secret that syria was and is still a free, sovereign place. it does not accept any trusteeship from anybody. [applause] this is what alarmed the west, and it still does, so they used internal events in order to take syria out of the political equation so that they get rid of this phobia that they have, and, of course, opposition is the same as others. however, the in
racked up. if congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. the last time congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. i congratulate the newly sworn- in members of congress, and i look forward to working with the new congress in a bipartisan way. if we focus on the interests of our country above the interests of party, i'm convinced we can cut spending and raise revenue in a manner that reduces our deficit and protects the middle class. and we can step up to meet the important business that awaits us this year. creating jobs and boosting incomes. fixing our infrastructure and our immigration system. promoting our energy independence while protecting our planet from the harmful effects of climate change. educating our children and shielding them from the horrors of gun violence. these aren't just things we should do they're things we must do. and in this new year, i'l
years? also, the question of local units and emergencies was raised earlier. it was probably not done effectively, in my view. dr. mccaffrey, your submission suggests that the local units would only team as emergencies, the other issues would be in the activated in cork and galway,, is that what dr. mccaffrey is suggesting? in relation to emergency, the medical council suggests there is no particular procedures are necessary in relation to this. i wonder you on that. and in relation to conscientious objections and in her -- conscientious objection, it is not always absolute. i take it from what people have said that that is the first to specifically case of emergencies. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming in this morning. against the backdrop of describing the level of medical care and intervention, i think that is a given. you said particularly that there was something that was stopping you from making sound medical judgment and decisions relating to medical care of women. let me ask you what that something is, given the clarity of the medical guidelines discussed earlier. also, to
. the republican party if it is going to be successful must remain united. if divided the democrats will have a field day. i think that john boehner is the best chance they have to reunite the party. host: we will get your calls and comments in a minute. the numbers are on the bottom of the screen and join us on facebook and twitter. this is one issue the tax reform more likely of the fiscal cliff agreement, some changes in the agreement over the fiscal gift gives policy makers on both sides a firm are starting place for tax reform discussion. guest: i hope bernie is correct. we will have to wait to see. just a cursory look back to the process that led us to this, you know, on this or any other issue, i'm not exactly optimistic that we can get anything done. but i will concede there is a ned for tax reform. everyone understands it but the devil is in the details. but some issues have been laid out. many of the issues have been debated publicly and privately in years past back to last year to the debt limit debate. so there is no secret what we are dealing with. the numbers are well known. the
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